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xvil                          CHARACTERS OF LEMURS                           535
second toe is furnished with a sharp nail, unlike the flattened
nails of the other fingers and toes, and in Tarsiits the third also
is thus provided. As to osteology, the shape of the head, already
referred to, indicates some of the differences in the skull which
mark off the JL.em.urs from, the Anthropoidea. The brain case is
small relatively to the face; the orbital and temporal fossae are
in communication, though the frontal and jugal bones are united
behind the orbit. The two halves of the lower jaw are not in-
variably ossified to form one piece, as is the case with most Apes.
The lachrymal foramen lies upon the face in front of the orbit.
The teeth are characteristic; not so much in their number (the
dental formula is usually I 2, C 1, Pm 3, M 3 =* 36) as in the
disposition of the incisors. The incisors of the lower jaw and the
canines project forwards in a way only found in a few American
Monkeys ; as in the Apes there are four incisors in each jaw, but,
with the exception of the highly aberrant ChiTowiys, there is a
space in the upper jaw between the incisors of the two sides.
The canines of the lower jaw, moreover, are often incisiform.
There is a well-developed sublingua beneath the tongue (see p. 61).
The stomach is perfectly simple ; and the caecum, always present
and varying in length, never has a vermiform appendix. The
gall-bladder is always present. The brain differs from that of
the Anthropoidea in that the cerebellum is* as in the lower
Mammalia, exposed. The convolutions upon the cerebral hemi-
spheres are not greatly developed, a circumstance, however, which.
(see pr 7*7) may have more relation to the size of the animals
than to their mental development. Though the "brain in its
general outlines is not like that of the other Primates, there are
certain resemblances; the most striking of these is perhaps the
presence, though in rather a rudimentary condition, of the te Simian
The Lemurine brain has been chiefly studied by Slower/
by Milne-Edwards,2 and by myself.8 There are also a number
of scattered papers dealing with particular types, such as the
memoirs of Owen4 and Oudemans,5 upon the brain (and the
general anatomy) of Chiromys. Without going into great
*   Trans. Zool. S&c. v. 1863, p. 103.
2 Hist. Wat. de Madagascar^ Mamm, 1875.
s PTOG. Zool. Soc, 1895, p. 142.
*  Trans. Zool. Sac. v. 1863, p. 33.
6 Petft. Ak. Amsterdam, xx.vii. 1890, Art. 2.